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Proclamation 3127—Cancer Control Month, 1956

March 15, 1956

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas the health and welfare of our Nation suffer seriously from the impact of cancer in loss of lives, distress and incapacitation of our citizens, and the lessening of our productivity in the amount of billions of dollars; and

Whereas substantial gains have been made in the battle against cancer through the cooperative efforts of private and public organizations engaged in cancer research and related activities; and

Whereas in the quest for better health for our people it is important that we aid the attack on cancer by vigorously supporting the official agencies and voluntary groups engaged in research to increase our knowledge of cancer and in programs for the application of this knowledge to the end that the disease may be controlled and eventually eradicated; and

Whereas the Congress, by a joint resolution approved March 28, 1938 (52 Stat. 148), authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation setting apart the month of April of each year as Cancer Control Month:

Now, Therefore, I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of April 1956 as Cancer Control Month; and I invite the Governors of the States, Territories, and possessions of the United States to issue similar proclamations. I also urge the medical profession, the press, the radio, television, and motion-picture industries, and all interested agencies and individuals to unite during the appointed month in public dedication to programs for the control of cancer.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and fifty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eightieth.

Signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower


By the President:


Acting Secretary of State

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Proclamation 3127—Cancer Control Month, 1956 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/307373

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